Author archive for Patti

  • Growing Cows on Wheat Grass

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    The bagger is used to fill a large bag with the harvested forage where it is allowed to ferment.  This represents the traditional way of harvesting grass which is put up dry to be stored as hay.  This fermented feed produced by chopping the wheat grass at it’s peak creates a higher plane of nutrition.   The haylage then is added to

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  • BSE and Grass-Fed Beef

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    The USDA announced on Tuesday the confirmation of another case of “mad cow” disease, the 4th to be found in the United States.  This current case was in a dairy cow located in central California. Again, the consumer wonders about the safety of our food and should we be worried? “Mad Cow” disease is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). A fatal

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  • Beef Pot Roast Recipe

    How to Eat a Week with One Roast

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    In a challenging economic atmosphere many want to eat ethically and healthy but email us that they just can’t afford it.  Others, write to tell us how hard it is to change from the convenient “pick up on the way home” food to real cooking using real food because they just don’t have the time. You can have the best of  all

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  • Watercress at Rain Crow

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      So you say, why is a protein producer writing about green stuff?  Part of the reason I love living on our ranch is the environment.  I love being close to things that grow,  things that amaze me, things that fill me with a sense of wonder.  May I never take one single breath for granted.  It is a spiritual journey

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  • Starting Seeds for Family Garden

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    Family Farms are about Good Food At Rain Crow Ranch we love good food!  Yes, we are very proud to raise the highest quality and healthiest protein on the planet.  However, man does not live by beef, pork and chicken alone.  Even when our ancestors were hunter / gatherers people ate what was available and seasonal. Though our farm does not sell any fruits and

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  • Bill Telepan’s Heritage Pork & Grass Fed Beef Dinners

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    Bill Telepan is a wonderful chef in Manhattan at Telepan.  He sources his grassfed beef from our farm.  Our relationship began at a conference where he mentioned to Mark that, “I am sorry but I just don’t care for grassfed beef.” Mark quipped, “You haven’t tried my grassfed beef.” And proceeded to send Chef some as a challenge.   Chef has used our

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  • Kettle Beef Recipe

    Kettle Beef Recipe

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      If you venture out of our local area of Jackson, Missouri you’re likely to get funny looks if you talk about kettle beef.  But around these parts it is the staple of church dinners, civic functions and family reunions.  It is down-home comfort food. Basically, it is a savory, fall-apart-tender, juicy rendition of a pot roast. So easy and

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  • Super Bowl Sliders

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    Super Bowl Sliders   We love to take every chance we get to make an event a party. So my mind naturally goes into the celebration food mode. Football games are a big event around here, with 5 boys and a husband all who played in high school or college it is a favorite pastime. We live too remote to

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  • Rain Crow Ranch Dinner and Wine at Prime 1000

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    Rain Crow Ranch Dinner and Wine at Prime 1000 Wow! What a totally awesome dining experience at Prime 1000 in St Louis this week.  Prime 1000 hosted Rain Crow Ranch night at the restaurant on Washington Ave. Along with wine from Royalty Importers the chef and staff presented a truly memorable dinner.  The evening created an eclectic bridge from the

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  • Grass Fed Beef Chuck Roast

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    This recipe is a hearty filling meal for those cold winter days and is quick and easy to prepare     Ingredients: 1 Chuck roast 2 Onions 1 tbsp. Pepper ( Fresher ground pepper is better) 1 tbsp. Onion Powder 1tspn. Sea Salt Preparation Option #1 (shown in pictures below): Pot with Lid Pre-Heat oven to 225° F. The key

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  • Rain Crow Ranch Beef Short Ribs Recipe

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    This sensational Grass Fed Braised Beef Short Ribs by Rain Crow Ranch is sure to ignite your taste buds.

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  • How to Cook the Perfect Pasture Raised Turkey

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        Family, food and holidays are so intertwined in our memories that they are nearly synonymous. Just like most American households for 30 some years our family has celebrated our traditions of Thanksgiving with a feast. Holding hands around the table to pray and say thanks, signing the traditional tablecloth (which I usually don’t get embroidered until the last

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  • YaYa’s EuroBistro in St. Louis

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    We had never eaten at YaYa’s before and were full of anticipation. First off it was a thumbs up when the restaurant proudly displayed a sign on the front of their building, YaYa’s Buy Fresh Buy Local and the names of the farms from which they purchase product

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  • Chef Battle Royale at Taste of St Louis 2011

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    Our family and Rain Crow Ranch sponsored the Master Chef Competition on the Lumière Place and River City Casino Culinary Stage at Taste of St. Louis. This Taste of St. Louis culinary competition reached new heights as 8 hand-selected, top-notch chefs took their place in the all new Chef Battle Royale, sponsored by Rain Crow Ranch – American Grassfed Beef.

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  • Missouri Rancher Cooks Up Support For Joplin

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    Hickory Specialty Meats in Cape Girardeau was our son’s first business which he lost in a devastating fire this year. Insurance didn’t cover his loss to rebuild his smoke house so Jack has been helping our family business while he regroups. When Jack heard of the Joplin devastation, he wanted to do something to help but didn’t have a lot

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